Mother Courage And Her Children (Tr. MacDonald)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  6w, 19m

Bertolt Brecht, Robert David MacDonald

Mother Courage And Her Children
by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Robert David MacDonald

A lone woman, Anna Fierling, tries to achieve the irreconcilable aims of making money and keeping her family alive during the nightmare of the Thirty Years War.

Mother Courage And Her Children (Tr. MacDonald)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6w, 19m
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


For years through the terrible Thirty Years War, Mother Courage has followed the Swedish armies with her mobile canteen, and her three children. Life during war is reduced simply to a series of business transactions: soldiers rob peasants and steal from their own stores, peasants sell their last treasured possessions. Mothe Courage's business and motherly instincts constantly betray her. Finally, alone, she hitches herself to her wagon and continues to follow the army.
Anna Fierling, Mother Courage 
Kattrin, her daughter
Eilif, her elder son
Swiss Cheese, her younger son
The Cook
The Chaplain
Yvette Pottier 
The Recruiting Officer
The Sergeant 
The Commander-in-Chief 
The Armourer
A Soldier
The Second Sergeant 
The Man with a Patch
A Very Old Colonel
Two Mercenaries
The Regimental Clerk
Young Soldier
Older Soldier 
Soldier in Fur Coat 
Second Soldier 
Farmer's Wife
A Peasant 
The Soldier in the Bar 
Young Man
Old Woman 
Eilif's Guards 
The Singer
  • Time Period 17th Century
  • Setting Period 1624-1636
  • Features Period Costumes

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Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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Robert David MacDonald

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